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Research Associate - Process Engineering

Company: Air Liquide
Location: Newark
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Company presentation

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3,6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company's activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide's ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

Entity and activity description

Air Liquide R&D centers, hosting a wide range of competencies, support the Group in achieving the highest level of excellence in the technologies it provides to its customers. The Delaware Research and Technology Center (DRTC) in Newark, DE provides innovation and technical support to Air Liquide's businesses and markets in the Americas and worldwide.

Our Delaware Innovation Campus, inaugurated in 2007, leads research and technology initiatives in 8 scientific and engineering disciplines. With researchers from 21 different countries, the Center had the distinction of being named to the 2015 Philly Top Workplaces by the Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com and cited in 2016 by the Delaware Business Times as one of "13 Cool Companies in Delaware." In 2017 we celebrated our 10th anniversary in Delaware and over 3,600 days without a recordable accident! In 2018 we celebrated 10 years of accident-free operations.

Job Responsibilities

This position will be based in the Process Engineering & Combustion (PE&C) group of Air Liquide's Innovation Campus Delaware (ICD), directly reporting to the group manager. The PE&C group is focused on developing advanced energy transition and clean combustion solutions. Some example processes include hydrogen technologies, carbon capture, membrane processes, renewable energy integration, biogas upgrading, natural gas treatment. The PE&C team is also developing technologies in oxy-fuel combustion, high-pressure combustion, industrial waste heat recovery and applications in computational fluid dynamics. The team operates membrane test benches and combustion test platforms at both ICD and partner sites.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a safety role model; promote a high level of safety awareness; adhere to and support continuous improvement in safety practices
  • Conduct risk management process for design, setup and operation of new experiments and revisions of existing ones in the area of Process Engineering
  • Complete required training certifications/qualifications for safe operation in lab space
  • Contribute technically to and develop R&D projects in hydrogen technologies, gas separations technologies and process engineering in support of Air Liquide's business.
  • Develop, design, and operate experiments (bench scale through pilot scale) to support the evaluation and characterization of processes for targeted applications.
  • Define and execute experiments to meet R&D deliverables in a timely manner.
  • Conduct process modeling simulations of chemical process systems
  • Provide technical leadership
  • Support the development of intellectual property for the group
  • Prepare presentation material for internal and external meetings and conferences
  • Document results and progress regularly in shared reports and presentations
  • Work closely with internal market groups, industry partners and customers in a collaborative environment

Qualifications & Competencies

Required

  • M.S./Ph.D. in Chemical, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
  • Experience in hydrogen technologies, chemical processes, gas separation systems, membranes
  • Technical background in the areas of unit operations, cryogenics, heat exchangers compressors/expanders, heat and mass transfer, process modeling, design and optimization
  • Ability to influence peers through scientific leadership
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary topics and with strong ability to interact efficiently in an international environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrate the ability to innovate and generate intellectual property within area of expertise.
  • Self-starter; able to work independently and make difficult decisions
  • Results driven; determined and able to deliver despite challenging obstacles
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to frequently changing conditions/priorities.

Preferred

  • Experience with electrolyzers, hydrogen safety, renewable energy grid integration
  • Hands on / industrial experience in hydrogen technologies

Additional Information

Working Conditions

  • Travel to customer / pilot testing sites to support commissioning and operation of pilot skids
  • Total travel estimated to be 10-20%
  • Physical capacity to lift up to 30 lbs

This position is identified as "safety-sensitive" and is subject to random drug testing in accordance with the current Drug and Alcohol Policy and/or state law.

Keywords: Air Liquide, Newark , Research Associate - Process Engineering, Other , Newark, Delaware

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